Hemp oil offers an array of health benefits to your dog, plus it’s all-natural. Using hemp oil to treat conditions in both humans and pets is becoming quite popular, and for good reasons. From fighting cancer and inflammation to relieving arthritis and skin allergies, hemp oil is truly a miracle natural medicine.
Hemp oil is derived from hemp plants and barely has any THC (the substance that makes people high). Unlike the prescriptions that veterinarians offer, hemp oil is 100% natural and has no side effects. Check out these 10 reasons to give hemp oil to your dog:
Hemp oil treats arthritis
Arthritis is a condition associated with inflammation of the joints causing pain and swelling. Just like humans, dogs suffer from arthritis. Hemp oil works as a pain reliever and targets your dog’s aching joints, giving instant relief. It also effectively relieves chronic inflammation. The oil is a rich source of omega-3s and omega-6 which work synergistically in the body of your pet. Remember, too much omega-3 may cause immune dysfunction and too much omega-6 can raise inflammation. So, incorporating hemp oil in your dog’s diet can prevent these problems. It’s important to note that inflammation isn’t always bad—it’s part of the healing process after an injury or disease.
Hemp oil is rich in Gamma-linoleic acid (GLA)
Gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) is an essential building block for prostaglandins, which control inflammation. GLA deficiencies can lead to premature aging, arthritis, allergies, digestive issues, cancer, diabetes, and skin problems. That being said, there’s a growing body of evidence that shows gamma-linoleic acid can help to manage the energy levels of your dog. It can also increase serotonin, a chemical that brings the feeling of fullness. Even the healthiest dogs can be deficient of gamma-linoleic acid, so hemp oil is a great way to maintain good health.
It works as a powerful antioxidant
Hemp oil has a rich nutritional profile that consists of vitamin A (carotene) and vitamin E. These vitamins are essential in preventing oxidative stress, which attacks the healthy cells damaging the DNA. Free radicals occur when the dog absorbs toxins from chemicals, processed foods, and vaccines. The antioxidants in hemp oil keep the free radicals under control. Hemp oil also protects your dog’s heart, skin, immune system, and cognitive function. Hemp oil’s antioxidants contain cancer-fighting properties and prevent urinary stones.
It boosts the appetite
Dogs can lose appetite for a wide range of reasons—it’s not always a sign of a serious condition. While it's worrisome knowing your dog isn’t eating, you don’t necessarily have to take your pet to the vet. Some of the symptoms that your dog isn’t eating enough food include lethargy, loss of weight, vomiting, eating less than usual or refusing to eat. This can be caused by nausea, upset stomach, or eating something inappropriate. It’s scientifically proven that CBD hemp oil can stimulate your dog’s appetite without any psychoactive effects at all. It works by interacting with ECS, a system that maintains the natural balance in the body. However, if your dog is showing other symptoms, you may have to take them to the vet. You can give your hemp oil in the form of CBD dog treats.
Hemp oil regulates appetite hormones called ghrelin and leptin. Ghrelin stimulates appetite while leptin stimulates satiety. When hemp oil interacts with the receptors in the brain, it brings the feeling of hunger to normal levels. You should administer the oil drops directly into your pet’s mouth to ensure the dog takes a whole dose each time.
Hemp oil reduces anxiety
A dog can be extremely anxious under certain conditions. For instance, your furry friend may hide under the bed when there’s a storm or hide under the car when they meet new people. This can result in destructive behaviors like urinating, pacing, and chewing objects. Hemp oil works as a relaxing stimulant by reducing anxiety. When you administer the oil, your dog will feel less anxious within 30 minutes. But, how does it work? The oil interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system which stimulates the body’s natural ability to create serotonin—a natural mood stabilizer.
It relieves skin allergies
Itchy skin can plague your dog from time to time. Skin allergies tend to affect some breeds more than others. German Shepherds and Golden Retrievers are extra sensitive to allergies. Dogs with allergies tend to scratch or lick certain parts of the body. The most affected areas include the ears, belly, underarms, ankles, feet, and face. Just like in humans, allergies are caused by an overactive immune system. The signs may become worse during certain seasons like spring. Hemp oil is a safe and natural remedy for dog itching. Unlike CBD, it has no psychological effects on the body. It’s worth mentioning that this oil promotes healthy cell growth.
Hemp oil treats seizures and epilepsy
Epilepsy is a devastating condition for dogs. After all, watching your canine friend break into seizures can be distressing. Seizures affect the brain, nervous system, and the spinal cord. Some seizures involve subtle symptoms like rapid eye movement and hyperventilation. Even worse, some can cause uncontrollable tremors, shaking, or even loss of consciousness. In dogs, the common symptoms of seizure include stiffness, rapid eye movements, temporary loss of consciousness, twitching, and foaming at the mouth. Dozens of studies suggest that high levels of hemp oil can help to manage your pet’s seizures. In some cases, the oil gets rid of seizures altogether.
Hemp oil fights cancer
According to The Veterinary Cancer Society, cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs, killing more than 40% of dogs. It can affect the skin, mammary glands, neck and head, bones, and the abdomen. The traditional methods of treating cancer involve radiation, surgery, chemotherapy, or a combination of the three. But all these treatment methods come with serious side effects. Recent studies suggest that hemp oil can help to manage the symptoms of cancer by preventing the spread of tumors. It stimulates the endocannabinoid system and fights inflammation.
Hemp oil also helps to eliminate gastrointestinal problems which are associated with cancer. While there is no conclusive study in this area, researchers from the University of Aberdeen and the University of Naples have tested the effects of hemp oil and has proven to be effective in the treatment of cancer.
It improves cardiovascular health
Heart disease is harder to treat in dogs than in humans. Heath disease can be caused by high blood pressure, faulty heart rhythms, old age, obesity, and more. While it may be difficult to prevent these causes, hemp oil can help to counteract the symptoms and improve cardiovascular health. It has 1:3 ratios of omega-3 fats and omega-6, which promotes healthy functioning of the heart. The oil reduces the damage of the blood vessels and lowers the blood pressure levels. Additionally, it reduces arterial plaque and normalizes the heart rate. Because hemp oil is a superfood, there are no negative side effects.
It protects the nervous system
Hemp oil protects the brain cells of your dog from damage. Furthermore, it can prevent degenerative myelopathy, an inflammatory autoimmune disease that causes paralysis. Hemp oil works as an antioxidant by eliminating the free radicals.
How Hemp Oil is Made
Most people associate hemp with getting high. This oil is manufactured from varieties of cannabis sativa but does not contain large amounts of THC. The process involves cleaning of the seeds before pressing the oil. There are three methods to choose from - CO2, whole plant oil extraction and Rick Simpson technique. While all techniques can be used, Rick Simpson is the most effective method. It involves the use of hydrocarbon-like pentane, butane, hexane, and propane. Because they have a low boiling point, they can be purged into the extraction process resulting in pure hemp oil. While this method is relatively easy, it should not be done in open flames.
In recent years, the oil method has grown in popularity. It involves the use of carrier oil. The end result is oil with added nutrients with fewer side effects. Lastly, the CO2 method ensures the oil comes out in its purest form. It involves passing hemp seeds through high pressures and low temperatures. Hemp oil extracted through this method is expensive than other alternatives.
Giving Hemp Oil to Your Dog
The amount of oil you should administer to your dog depends on the underlying medical condition and the weight of the dog. Generally speaking, finding the right dosage is crucial to getting appropriate pain relief and other benefits. When you buy hemp oil from a reputable manufacturer, a dosage chart will be included in the packaging. Larger dogs will need more oil while medium-sized dogs require 1-2 drops to relieve stress and anxiety related conditions.
For those pets suffering from chronic pain, you should create a regular schedule using the following formula: 0.25mg X 1pound of pet. This means, for a 25-pound pet you should give 3.75 mg of hemp oil. You should closely monitor how your pet reacts to the dosage to identify whether you need to make an adjustment.
If you accidentally get the dose wrong, don’t worry. The oil is non-toxic, so there won’t be any serious reaction. The worst reaction is that your dog will get extremely drowsy. Always read the label to identify how much oil is in every drop. Start with the lowest recommended dose and then monitor the effects.